11 Mar 2016


The winners of the Sky Bet Manager of the Month Awards for February are:

Sky Bet Championship: Sean Dyche (Burnley)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for February.

Dyche seems to have an innate ability to time a promotion drive to perfection.

While their rivals stuttered, he guided his team through six unbeaten games - including a pivotal 1-0 win over then leaders Hull - to the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Dyche said: “It great to be recognized for the good run we’ve been on. We’ve got a great group of staff and a great group of players, so this is for them, too.”

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Sean is again showing what a fantastic manager he is by guiding Burnley up the table and they are now looking good for a quick return to the Premier League.

“Unbeaten in six games during the month, including a great win against league leaders Hull City to take them to the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Sean’s determination to get back to the Premier League has shone through this month with his Burnley side unbeaten in six games.

“This is the time of the season where promotion can either be won or lost and if they do get promoted, they are sure to reflect on February as the month where their promotion charge took off.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Unbeaten in the league since Boxing Day it’s not hard to see why Burnley manager Dyche is drawing plaudits.

“After beating fellow promotion hopefuls Hull, The Clarets rounded the month out with a hat trick of hard fought wins against Rotherham, Nottingham Forest and Bolton.

“A look at the Championship winner odds tells the story of why Dyche is this month’s winner. Burnley opened the month as an 11/1 chance to lift the title and now stand as 11/8 favourites - the form side in the division.”


Sky Bet League 1: Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic)

Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell has been named the Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month for February.

His calm shrewdness has built momentum in Wigan with impeccable timing this season.

February was the month in which his side broke into the automatic promotion places with 10 points from a possible 12 scoring seven and conceding only one.

Caldwell said: “It’s great to receive the award, the first one for me as a manager but really I don’t see it as a personal award, more of a collective recognition of what we have achieved as a coaching team because everyone makes a vital contribution.

“So I have to give thanks to my staff first and foremost, then to the players because it is them who have put in a great effort in what was a very tough month.

“The key thing now is for us to maintain our consistency as we move to the crucial last few weeks of the season, and not to lose our drive. We have to keep 100% focused on reaching our target of promotion.”

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Gary was a first class professional as a player and he is now proving that he has the makings of an exceptional manager.

“Wigan had a great month, picking up 10 points out of 12 and conceding only one goal while scoring seven. This has taken them into the automatic promotion places.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Gary is proving that it was a wise call to appoint him in April 2015, with the club struggling against relegation from the Championship.

“Less than a year later, he has brought them right into automatic promotion contention, and given them a chance to get back to the Championship at the first attempt, which, as history shows, is an extremely difficult task to achieve.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “February started on a high for Caldwell’s Wigan side as they went to Bramall Lane and beat pre-season League 1 favourites Sheffield United.

“This kickstarted an unbeaten month and saw them replace Walsall, who they would also go on to beat away from home, as second favourites behind leaders Burton in the League 1 title race.

“Caldwell has been tasked with sending Wigan back up to Championship after last year’s relegation and after a great February they are now rated as a 1/6 shot to be promoted at the first time of asking, having been 10/11 when the month started

“If you like them to haul in season long leaders Burton they are now 11/8.”


Sky Bet League 2: Chris Wilder (Northampton Town)

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has been named the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month for February.

A second successive Sky Bet Manager of the Month award for the mastermind behind Northampton’s all-conquering campaign.

Wilder has kept a steady head and his players motivated while they sweep all before them, adding 16 points from a possible 18 in February.

Wilder said: "As I have said about the other awards, this is a group effort.

“February was a hectic schedule for us as a football club, and on and off the pitch we achieved great results in that period.

“We had some tough games against teams in and around us, there was a lot of travelling as well, so it is testament to the preparation from everybody, the coaching staff and the professionalism of the players that we got the results we did.

“It was all of those things combined, and we had fantastic backing from our supporters as well.

“So it has been a big effort from everybody for the award, which we are grateful for, and we now move on to another big game on Saturday.”

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “During the month Chris set a new club record of nine consecutive league wins which is an incredible achievement for any club.

“They collected 16 points out of a possible 18 available in February, which has kept them comfortably ahead in the division.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Chris Wilder thoroughly deserves a second manager of the Month award in succession, after extending Northampton’s lead at the top of League 2 to an almost unassailable points margin.

“His hard work and determination earned five wins for the Cobblers in February as they kept marching towards the title.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Northampton are a relative lock in for promotion, with Sky Bet no longer taking bets. 

“The Cobblers were only denied a perfect February by a 0-0 draw away at Hartlepool, and only conceded a single goal in the whole month. This included wins at Leyton Orient and Oxford, the former being a 4-0 hammering at odds of 80/1.

“Entering February as 5/4 favourites to win League 2 Northampton are now as short as 1/20, and surely League 1 beckons for Wilder’s men.”